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How long did it take for your sit bones to "Break-in" to your new saddle?

Old 05-21-12, 08:32 PM
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How long did it take for your sit bones to "Break-in" to your new saddle?

As the question states, How long did it take for your sit bones to "Break-in" to your new saddle?
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Old 05-21-12, 08:52 PM
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For me, it was about 700-800 miles...not sure how many hours
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Old 05-21-12, 08:55 PM
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for me, if I like the saddle, 1-2 rides. Testing a Romin Evo right now and first ride, did 100km and was fine. Put just over 200km and will probably buy it.
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I bought a new saddle last summer, the first ride on it was a full century. I experienced a fantastic ride with NO discomfort, perfectly comfortable. I bought a Selle Anatomica saddle, the best money I have ever spent on cycling gear. It's no b---$hit, this saddle is sweet! http://www.selleanatomica.com/produc...anico-details/
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I ride Brooks saddles. My saddles break in instead of my sitbones.

And the answer is ... it depends. Although they are all reasonably rideable from the start, my first Brooks took 800 km before it really broke in. The next was partially broken in all ready, and my first ride on it was a 300 km randonnee which I rode without much in the way of butt issues. The next took longer for some reason ... about 1200 km, but it is now a beautifully comfortable saddle ... and my most beautiful Brooks as well - a green B17 with titanium rails. And my most recent B17 took about 200 km, but we used a little trick we learned on the forums here involving damp washcloths.
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Anywhere from 50 to 200 miles depending on the saddle. My last saddle was a Prologo that felt great from mile 1.
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Ok..I'm riding a Romin Pro...fits to my sit bones properly - about 50miles on it, but still a little tender directly on the sit bones...but gets better after each ride.
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Originally Posted by Perp View Post
for me, if I like the saddle, 1-2 rides. Testing a Romin Evo right now and first ride, did 100km and was fine. Put just over 200km and will probably buy it.
Same for me. Specialized Romin, took one ride for me to decide I love it. No rear end pain at any point.
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Specialized Romin Evo. 2 Rides and it was golden...
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IMO it depends of two factors... the short/bib used and the saddle. With some bibs what ever you seat might feel weird, with others the bib does miracles.

Depends on the saddle too, my a$$ cant stand fizik arione for example, but the specialized felt right just after 30 mins. Another factor is age, you get older and now the body can't stand too well pain so probably thats why I dont try saddles for more than 2 hours.

My last test saddle was a Kontact, awesome saddle wish was wider in the back.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:34 PM
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Specialized Romin Evo here too. I have about 300 miles on it and love it!
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
And my most recent B17 took about 200 km, but we used a little trick we learned on the forums here involving damp washcloths.
Can you elaborate on this trick? I'm on my third B17 and it hasn't broken in a bit, compared to the first two. What did you do-just leave a damp washcloth on it overnight?
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I replaced my saddle with a Romin Expert and I didn't have any sit bone pain after my third ride.
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Another factor is age, you get older and now the body can't stand too well pain so probably thats why I dont try saddles for more than 2 hours.
I would say age makes one too willing to deal with the pain, being old and used to things hurting now and then or unwillingly to admit that ones body is not what it used to be years ago. That said, I really need a new saddle, mine hurts after a while...
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Your sit bones don't 'break' in nor does your saddle unless it's a Brooks or some other leather saddle. So if you are real uncomfortable on the first few rides then that saddle is not gonna work out for you. I've found one out of at least 25-30 plastic saddles that I can tolerate but since my right sit bone protrudes more than my left I've found a Brooks to be the best fit. You can actually see the dents in the leather after breaking in. I used Brooks Proofhide on all my Brooks and the Swift broke in fairly quickly but the B17 and the B15 take far longer.
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Old 05-23-12, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by JoeB14 View Post
Can you elaborate on this trick? I'm on my third B17 and it hasn't broken in a bit, compared to the first two. What did you do-just leave a damp washcloth on it overnight?
No, Rowan took two washclothes, wetted them, turned the bicycle upside down, shoved the scrunched up wet washcloths between the rails and the leather, and positioned them approximately where the sitbones would be. Then he left them for 2 hours. Then he removed the washcloths and we went for a ride.

(advice thanks to Spookeay Bird who posted this method almost in passing a while ago)
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
No, Rowan took two washclothes, wetted them, turned the bicycle upside down, shoved the scrunched up wet washcloths between the rails and the leather, and positioned them approximately where the sitbones would be. Then he left them for 2 hours. Then he removed the washcloths and we went for a ride.

(advice thanks to Spookeay Bird who posted this method almost in passing a while ago)
That sounds a lot like how girls used to break in uber tight jeans in the 80's.

Weird, non?
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
Your sit bones don't 'break' in nor does your saddle unless it's a Brooks or some other leather saddle.
This.

If you feel your sit bones have to 'break in' on a bicycle seat, you're doing something wrong.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
Your sit bones don't 'break' in nor does your saddle unless it's a Brooks or some other leather saddle. So if you are real uncomfortable on the first few rides then that saddle is not gonna work out for you. I've found one out of at least 25-30 plastic saddles that I can tolerate but since my right sit bone protrudes more than my left I've found a Brooks to be the best fit. You can actually see the dents in the leather after breaking in. I used Brooks Proofhide on all my Brooks and the Swift broke in fairly quickly but the B17 and the B15 take far longer.
Sorry, but your post is inaccurate. Basically both a rider's butt and the saddle changes with time. I am a long time Brooks rider...abandoned to ride nothing but Specialized saddles. As a rider accumulates mileage in the spring his but maybe a bit tender. This changes with miles. No change to the saddle...or little. The muscles and tissue under the but harden up with miles. I always start out a bit sore in the spring. Am riding 200 miles a week now with no pain at all...did 50 yesterday. Wasn't the case the first few rides of the year. Second is, like Brooks saddles, Specialized saddle break in a bit. Not a lot but they do change. Also, the toupe will actually break down over time and need replacement eventually. There is a balance between breaking down and breaking in. Too much time on a Toupe will break it down.
So both change.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
Your sit bones don't 'break' in nor does your saddle unless it's a Brooks or some other leather saddle. So if you are real uncomfortable on the first few rides then that saddle is not gonna work out for you. I've found one out of at least 25-30 plastic saddles that I can tolerate but since my right sit bone protrudes more than my left I've found a Brooks to be the best fit. You can actually see the dents in the leather after breaking in. I used Brooks Proofhide on all my Brooks and the Swift broke in fairly quickly but the B17 and the B15 take far longer.
Wrong. Plastic saddles don't break-in (they do wear) but the rear end does. Saddle shapes differ and so do contact points and pressure/weight distribution on the saddle. If you change from a saddle that supports the entire area to one that supports mainly the sit bones you will feel it, may even get sore, and it will take a while to get used to it.
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Originally Posted by mmmdonuts View Post
Wrong. Plastic saddles don't break-in (they do wear) but the rear end does. Saddle shapes differ and so do contact points and pressure/weight distribution on the saddle. If you change from a saddle that supports the entire area to one that supports mainly the sit bones you will feel it, may even get sore, and it will take a while to get used to it.
This is what I wanted to hear. My MTB saddle is quite different from my Road saddle. It simply feels like "new muscles" are getting used to the saddle. There is no real pain or discomfort, just feels like its the beginning of the season again.
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Yeah, I dont know if "break-in" is the right word, but your body definitely adjusts to new pressure points and toughens up. The obvious exception to this is the leather saddles like the Brooks. There is a noticeable break-in where you can actually see indentions where your sit bones contact the saddle.
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Yeah, I dont know if "break-in" is the right word, but your body definitely adjusts to new pressure points and toughens up. The obvious exception to this is the leather saddles like the Brooks. There is a noticeable break-in where you can actually see indentions where your sit bones contact the saddle.

Hence why "break-in" was in scare quotes
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Another Romin user. Felt good from mile 1. No discomfort, period.
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For those of you that felt no pain from the beginning, are you already hard / well-trained riders, or...
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